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String Languages

  • Marcus KrachtEmail author
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Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 89)

Abstract

This chapter provides an introduction to string grammars as needed in the subsequent chapters. It is shown how string grammars define constituents and how this reflects on constituent substitution and, ultimately, constituency tests. Syntactic categories are being introduced and it is shown that for the most part one can leave them implicit. They are then not present in the grammar as pieces of notation but as conditions on application of rules. The chapter also discusses adjunction grammars, which exist in the form of string adjunction grammars and tree adjunction grammars. These grammars allow to generate languages without intermediate structures. In their jargon of this book, for adjunction grammars the language generated in the wide sense coincides with the language generated in the narrow sense.

Keywords

Grammar Category Substitution Adjunction Principle of Preservation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany

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